Call for Adams to be arrested over McConville case

Jean McConville

Jean McConville

A veteran republican from west Belfast has called for Gerry Adams’ arrest over the 1972 murder of Jean McConville.

Evelyn Gilroy was commenting following the detention of a number of less influential republicans in recent weeks.

File photo dated 15/01/13 of Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, who reacted to the announcement of Baroness Thatcher's death with a scathing assessment of her political legacy in Ireland and elsewhere. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 8, 2013. Margaret Thatcher has long been vilified in republican circles over her involvement in Northern Ireland, in particular her handling of the IRA hunger strikes inside the Maze prison in the early 1980s. She was a top target of the IRA, which nearly succeeded in killing her in the deadly Brighton bomb blast of 1984. "Margaret Thatcher did great hurt to the Irish and British people during her time as British prime minister," claimed Mr Adams. "Working class communities were devastated in Britain because of her policies. "Her role in international affairs was equally belligerent whether in support of the Chilean dictator Pinochet, her opposition to sanctions against Apartheid South Africa; and her support for the Khmer Rouge. See PA story DEATH Thatcher Adams. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

File photo dated 15/01/13 of Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, who reacted to the announcement of Baroness Thatcher's death with a scathing assessment of her political legacy in Ireland and elsewhere. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday April 8, 2013. Margaret Thatcher has long been vilified in republican circles over her involvement in Northern Ireland, in particular her handling of the IRA hunger strikes inside the Maze prison in the early 1980s. She was a top target of the IRA, which nearly succeeded in killing her in the deadly Brighton bomb blast of 1984. "Margaret Thatcher did great hurt to the Irish and British people during her time as British prime minister," claimed Mr Adams. "Working class communities were devastated in Britain because of her policies. "Her role in international affairs was equally belligerent whether in support of the Chilean dictator Pinochet, her opposition to sanctions against Apartheid South Africa; and her support for the Khmer Rouge. See PA story DEATH Thatcher Adams. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ms Gilroy said she was speaking out for the first time because she was “very angry” that grassroots republicans were being questioned by police – claiming that the Sinn Fein president was better placed to answer questions about the abduction and shooting dead of the mother-of-10.

“Police have lifted people who were 15 and 16 at the time of the killing, yet Gerry Adams remains untouched.

“I’m disgusted that ordinary republicans are being put through the mill for his actions,” she told the Sunday Life newspaper.

Mr Adams has repeatedly denied any involvement in the murder and said he is happy to speak to police if required.

 

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